Posted by sexandpolitics on March 20, 2013
Join Sex and politics-Arts as we bring you Classical and Contemporary pianist Boris Lemeshev. Boris was gracious enough to take us through our segues with some of his delightful piano pieces. Yvonne Juris interviewed Selisse Berry the founding executive director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the world's largest nonprofit organization specifically dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
In addition, we had a very special interview between the always soulful poet Joseph Wade and the equally talented writer Ed Kearns, both of whom were recently featured in a televised creative writing event in Pennsylvania. To close the arts section we had a moving duet between our guest pianist Boris Lemeshev and our very own arts producer and flutist Yvonne Juris.
Posted by sexandpolitics on March 13, 2013
Join Sex and Politics-Arts as we bring you columnist and author Linda Staci. Yvonne Juris interviewed Linda about her first novel The Sixth Station. Linda was gracious enough to share with us some of the incredible back story about her new book, along with some of her insights into the Catholic Church and journalism. Jordan White delivered an intriguing review of the film Searching for Surgar Man. Paulo Cremedis joined us and briefly discussed the latest news regarding The Dream Act. And Phil and Yvonne discussed basketball star Dennis Rodman's recent trip to North Korea and his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Posted by sexandpolitics on March 4, 2013
Join Sex and Politics as we bring you the intrepid soul of Joseph Wade. Joe Joined us for a long-form interview on his creative process along with some advice for the budding [bludgeoning] poet. Joseph shared a few of his latest pieces as well. Yvonne Jouris cuddled us through our segues with various delightful flute pieces. Correspondent Loretta Chin reported on Spike Lee and his recent lecture at the Brooklyn College campus. Jordan White delivered a report on the Oscar's. While Seth Macfarlane sang "The boobs song" for us (thank you YouTube).
Dan Kinch interviewed Claire Lebowitz and Paulo Cremedis shared a report on the Brooklyn chapter of NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group) who appear to be taking on the environmentally controversial subject of "Fracking."
Posted by sexandpolitics on February 7, 2013
Mathew Cameron - Classical Pianist
Renown pianist Matthew Cameron joined us for the discussion on the inspiration behind great works and the inextricable influences of social currents, calamities and personal strife. A studio rendition of Chopin's Revolutionary etude flowered into a full debate on how certain works of art transcend one historical event, becoming symbols of current issues.
Memorable Moment; Cameron's painstaking admission at Philip Rosenberg’s prompting, that mixing classical music with rap for commercial appeal was like mixing fine wine with "coke". Not fair to either the wine or the cola.
Mathew Cameron, composer, and a champion of works by Chopin and Liszt has performed at Carnegie Hall, Salle Erad in Paris, and was personally invited to perform for Duke Niccolo Capponi in Italy. In his 2008 Weill Hall debut at Carnegie Hall, the New York Concert Review spoke of Cameron as “resembling Franz Liszt from the stage…he distinguished himself from his many brilliant peers by projecting a composer’s command of his repertoire.” He has three CD's released on Arabesesque records.
Posted by sexandpolitics on December 7, 2012
An Unlikely Duo
with guests Phil Nerges and Vic Ruggiero
Join Sex & Politics Fridays as we interview former Iraq contractor and author Phil Nerges and his collaborating partner, musician Vic Ruggiero. Together, they created the album "Don't Feed the Cats in Iraq." On the show, we talk in-depth about private contractors, the place of literature in war, and why you're not supposed to feed the cats in Iraq.
Writer Phil Nerges
Phil Nerges worked as a quality inspector of services provided to the Army in the Iraq war zone for 20 months between 2004 and 2007. After returning home in 2007, 57 year-old Nerges felt disconnected and uncertain as to whether he wanted to take another overseas contracting position. Choosing instead to take a sabbatical to write, he found his way to the vaudeville scene in Greenwich Village and a musical partnership with Vic Ruggiero. His book of short stories Don't Feed the Cats in Iraq, is a companion to the album of the same name. You can learn more about Phil at dustsong.com.
Musician Vic Ruggiero
Vic Ruggiero is a musician and songwriter from New York City, known best as a member of the band The Slackers. While looking for solo material, he found himself paired with Phil Nerges, and an unlikely, but wonderful, partnership was formed. Ruggiero wrote and arranged the music on their album Don't Feed the Cats in Iraq.
Also joining us on this episode is Kathleen Stansell with the Daily Dumpster Dive. Listen closely as she gives her delicious recipe for Vegan Pumpkin Pie!
Posted by sexandpolitics on December 5, 2012
A Youth Abused
with guests Jeannie Kerrigan and The Nerissa Campbell Band
Join Sex and Politics Fridays as we speak to author Jeannie Kerrigan about her traumatic childhood and what she's doing now to help give runaways hope. Her recently published book, LAYLA, chronicles her history of unfathomable abuse and her path to awakening and healing. Kerrigan's non-profit, Ricky's Revolution, is a national outreach program developed to help runaway and homeless youth, victims of domestic violence, and victims of sexual abuse reach a place of safety as quickly as possible. Learn more about the program here: http://rickysrevenge.org/
Also joining us live in the studio is neo-noir jazz singer Nerissa Campbell and her band. Nerissa give us a beautiful set followed by a lively interview about her time recording in the studio and the band's thoughts on mistakes. Campbell's new album, Blue Shadows, can be purchased here: http://crookedmouthmusic.bandcamp.com/album/blue-shadows
Posted by sexandpolitics on November 16, 2012
An Ex-Child Preacher, a Foodie/Advice Writer, and a Latin Musician walk into a bar...
with guests Scott Cheshire, Jodi Ambrose, and Roman Rojas
Sex and Politics Fridays finds Ed and Phil interviewing up and coming novelist Scott Cheshire, established Self-Help guru Jodi Ambrose, and Latin super producer and musician Roman Rojas.
Scott Cheshire, a former child preacher, earned his MFA from Hunter College, and teaches writing at the Gotham Writers' Workshop. His debut novel High as the Horses' Bridles is forthcoming from Henry Holt. You can sign up take one of Scott's classes by going to http://www.writingclasses.com/ and read some of his work at scottcheshire.tumblr.com.
Jodi Ambrose is the author of three books, Intimacy: How To Get More Of It, Sex: How To Get More Of It, and her latest, Darn Good Eats: The Cookbook For Creative and Reluctant Cooks. Her down to Earth manner and style bely the extremely good advice she gives throughout her three books. For more of Jodi Ambrose, check her out here: http://www.jodiambrose.com/Home.php.
Roman Rojas is an innovative singer/songwriter/producer from Caracas, Venezuela living in New York City. He has worked both on stage and in the studio with some of the top musicians in the world, producing, composing and singing on commercials for the general and Hispanic advertising markets. Roman also produces several artists, including the innovative Latin/World/Pop band Rioh.
Also joining us is correspondent Kathleen Stansell with the Daily Dumpster Dive. Her recipe for Simple Squash:
Squash of your choice
4 tsp of balsamic vinegar
4 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your squash in half length wise and set seeds to the side. Dress squash in Balsamic vinegar and olive oil; salt and pepper to taste. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Eat and Enjoy!
For the seeds: Preheat oven to 245 degrees. Pat seeds dry, wet with olive oil, and roast as a thin layer on a baking sheet for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes a great snack!
Posted by sexandpolitics on October 21, 2012
Teresa Mei Chuc
Poet and author of Red Thread
Join Sex and Politics Friday Edition as we interview poet Teresa Mei Chuc about her new book and the challenges of getting published. Teresa was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father remained, for nine years, in a Vietcong “re-education” camp. She teaches literature and writing at a public school. Her poetry appears in journals, including EarthSpeak Magazine, Miller’s Pond, National Poetry Review, Rattle, and Verse Daily. Red Thread is her first full-length collection of poetry.
Guest host, poet and author Ed Kearns, joins us again this week for an extra spicy literature hour that includes acoustic guitarist Craig Kierce, Kathleen Stansell with The Daily Dumpster Dive, and Eva Jay with our arts update.